Aurangabad is located in central Maharashtra at a distance of about 390 km from Mumbai and 400 km from Pune. The city derives its name from the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb who made this city his viceregal capital during his long 25 years stay in the Deccan. The old charm mixed with contemporary touch makes Aurangabad a tourist destination worth visiting.
The prime tourist attractions here are
Ellora caves: A World Heritage site, it houses about 34 cave temples dedicated Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Shivaji Museum: It houses weapons and antiques of the great Maratha Empire.
Bibi Ka Maqbara: A replica of Taj Mahal popular as poor man's Taj Mahal.
Daulatabad Fort: Located midway between Aurangabad and Ellora at about13 km this historic fort was the brainchild of the 'mad' Sultan of Delhi, Mohammed Bin Tughlaq who had decided to shift his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad about 1100 km away. Surrounded by a 5 km long wall, the sturdy fort has magnificent doorways, a 6-m cannon and a victory tower Chand Minar.
Khuldabad: famous as the Karbala (holy shrine) of the Deccan where lies the burial site of Emperor Aurangzeb.
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